Flood warning system for Bath Estate
Bath Estate residents will now be better prepared in the event of a flood, as the community now has a flood warning system.
Under the CARICOM/Japan Technical Cooperation Agreement, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) with the support of the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Office of Disaster Management, Dominica as one of the four pilot states in the Caribbean was able to install a model Flood Early Warning System (FEWS), for the Bath Estate Community under the Caribbean Disaster Management (CADM) Phase 11 project.
The main objective of the project, is to protect the lives and the property of people at the community level.
The project commenced in January 2009, and comes to a close at the end of June 2012, following the Joint Coordination Committee (JCC), Meeting on June 5th and 6th, at the Hilton Hotel in Barbados.
At this meeting the various stakeholders are expected to review the project achievements.
The CADM2 project was implemented and managed by a dedicated National Team, made up of a wide cross section of stakeholders and was headed by the ODM.
The FEWS allows over 150 residents in the area, to be put on a state of readiness against flooding from the Roseau River.
The project helped established a community-based flood disaster risk reduction model, by integrating community-based disaster management planning, flood early warning system and flood hazard mapping for the area.
This was achieved through a number of training sessions and simulation exercises.
ODM expresses its highest appreciation to the Government and people of Japan, and to JICA and CDEMA and the other regional institutions for assisting Dominica in establishing the FEWS, and hereby institutionalizing flood disaster risk reduction as a system.
The ODM and by extension the Government and people of Dominica in partnership with its development partners, including the private sector and civil society is determined to transfer the technology of this project to other communities in Dominica.